On Saturday 6th August, Telford MP, Lucy Allan joined Baptist Minister Ian Oliver and members of the congregation in tidying up the cemetery grounds and laying a new path. Assisting in the clean-up was local based gardening company Priestgate.
Having helped organise a clean-up of the cemetery last year after being approached a by a constituent who recently buried a relative in the cemetery, Lucy joined volunteers again this year to trim back bushes, prune hedges and help lay a new path.
Unlike Church of England cemeteries, Baptist cemeteries do not receive maintenance assistance and so are entirely reliant on volunteers, donations and grants for their upkeep. The next clean-up is planned for 24th September stating at 9am.
Speaking after the clean-up, Lucy Allan MP said: “It was great to join with Ian, congregation members and Priestgate to give the cemetery the TLC is deserves.
“Not only does the cemetery look a lot smarter now, the new path will make it easier for people to come and pay their respects. This simple addition will deliver a big benefit.
“Tidying up the cemetery is an almost never ending job and more volunteers are always welcome – the next clean-up is 24th September starting at 9am.”